Video highlight clips: Jasmine Gibson reads "Verde, Te Quiero Verde" | Jasmine Gibson reads "Ocean" | Juliana Spahr, "Someone began name-calling...," from an untitled work in progress | Juliana Spahr, "Julien read the email from the sixteen unnamed people to the five named people aloud...," from an untitled work in progress
It’s all good, I would say, it’s all fucked. And then I would breathe. And then, again, it’s all good; it’s all fucked. Again, breathe. And then, it’s all good; it’s all fucked. Breathe again. I might do this while walking. Or while driving in the car. Or while lying down, before taking a nap.
—Juliana Spahr, from That Winter The Wolf Came
The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series presents Jasmine Gibson and Juliana Spahr, in the second event of a two-evening program, reading their work at Moe's Books on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue. Supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, this event is free and open to the public.
Juliana Spahr's latest book is Du Bois's Telegram: Literary Resistance and State Containment(Harvard University Press, 2018). She is author of eight volumes of poetry, including That Winter the Wolf Came (Commune Editions, 2015) and Well Then There Now (David R. Godine, 2011). Together with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes, Spahr is editor of Commune Editions. With David Buuck she wrote the novel An Army of Lovers (City Lights Books, 2013) and with Stephanie Young edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011). She is Professor of English at Mills College, in Oakland.
Jasmine Gibson is a Philly jawn based in Harlem. She spends her time thinking about sexy things like psychosis, desire, and freedom. She is the author of Don't Let Them See Me Like This (Nightboat Books, 2018), as well as the earlier chapbook, Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2015, free download here), and coauthor, with Madison Van Oort, of the chapbook Time Theft: A Love Story (The Elephants, 2018, another free download, here). She has also written for Mask Magazine, LIES Vol II: Journal of Materialist Feminism, Queen Mobs, NON, and The Capilano Review.
In Common Writers Series
reading and in conversation with Juliana Spahr
Thursday FEB 7
7:00 pm @ The Poetry Center
HUM 512, San Francisco State University, free and open to the public
supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund
In Common Writers Series Thanks to a generous grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Poetry Center will present six double-programs (twelve events in all) during 2018–19, featuring a series of remarkable writers from across the US, paired in conversation and performance with (for the most part) local area writers with whom they share strong affinities. Each featured guest writer appears at The Poetry Center—we're doing outreach in particular to students and faculty in SF State's College of Ethnic Studies—reading and in conversation with their paired guest writer and the audience. Then, moving off-campus, both writers read their work at one of the Bay Area's local bookstores. We want to recognize our bookstores as crucial cultural centers and, paradoxically maybe, among the most long-lived and durable cultural sites in this violently gentrified region. Details on our six 2018-19 programs and featured artists here.